WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday tweeted a video of a mask-free “60 Minutes” anchor Lesley Stahl which was taken following a White House interview he reportedly stormed out of.
“Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes not wearing a mask in the White House after her interview with me. Much more to come,” the president tweeted to his 87 million followers.
In the six-second clip, Stahl can be seen smiling and speaking with two unidentified masked man while holding a stack of papers and notes in front of her chest. It’s unclear if Stahl knew she was being filmed or who took the video.
According to a CNN report, the commander-in-chief abruptly stormed out of the interview with Stahl after about 45 minutes of questioning.
The president was also meant to appear with Vice President Mike Pence but did not return to the room when his veep arrived, the report said.
The crisis grew when White House Assistant Press Secretary Karoline Leavitt publicly accused Stahl of criticizing her for not wearing a mask in the West Wing.
“This is moments after she criticized me for not wearing a mask while working at my desk. Rules for thee but not for me, Lesley?” Leavitt wrote in a tweet sharing the video.
Both Democratic nominee Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris were also interviewed by “60 Minutes,” with all of the sit-downs meant to air on Sunday — just nine days ahead of the presidential election on Nov. 3.
Reporters granted interviews with Trump and Pence are tested for the coronavirus before they are allowed to be in the same room as them as part of the White House’s COVID-19 containment measures.
Trump has since recovered after testing positive for the disease earlier this month. Stahl also contracted the virus and was hospitalized for a week.
It’s unclear what made the commander-in-chief end the interview with Stahl.
In a clip promoting the upcoming interviews, the veteran broadcaster promised “revealing, provocative conversations” with both candidates.
The pair last met for a contentious interview in 2018 where the “60 Minutes” anchor pressed Trump on his views on climate change and Russian interference in the 2016 election but the president finished the interview.